After seeing Baker Mayfield sacked 40 times in 2019, the offensive line needed to be addressed. Andrew Berry did just that signing the best right tackle in free agency and drafting a day one starter at left tackle with pick No. 10 in the 2020 NFL draft. The Browns also drafted a center in Nick Harris, who likely won’t start in 2020 but could provide additional depth.
Three names who originally brought hope to the offensive line could now be looking on the outside in with recent upgrades. Drew Forbes was a sixth-round pick in 2019 by Dorsey. Forbes was expected to compete at right guard, but injuries in 2019 opened the door for Wyatt Teller to snag the position. Teller and Forbes are expected to battle it out for the starting job once again in 2020, and whoever loses could be a release target.
Another situation to remember is the restructured contract of previous starting right tackle Chris Hubbard. Now with a lower salary, it seems like Hubbard should make the roster as the Browns swingman on the offensive line. The big question is, will he compete to be the starting right guard? Hubbard struggled with speed on the outside but could be a solid starter with protection on the interior of the offensive line.
Look for Hubbard to potentially start at right guard next year with Forbes serving as the backup. If injuries occurred at tackle, Hubbard or Kendall Lamm would be the backup. Teller may have won the job in 2019, but youth will likely win the battle between him and Forbes. With the expanded roster next season, the Browns could carry eight or nine offensive linemen, which could leave room for everyone, but look for Teller to be left off the final roster.
Adding talent to a roster means that difficult cuts will have to happen. Browns fans should be happy there is plenty of talent available to force Berry to release starting-caliber players.